A Comprehensive Biography of Composer Gustav Holst, with Correspondence and Diary Excerpts: Including His American Years

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Drawing upon a wide range of published and unpublished documents, Mitchell (music, U. of Massachusetts) discusses the life and work of composer Gustav Holst in America, as well as North American musical life in the 1920s and 30s. The letters fall into four overlapping categories<-->business correspondence, letters to people who might have started out as business acquaintances but became friends, close friends and immediate family, and personal friends, colleagues, and more distant relatives. Other source materials include diaries, sketchbooks and manuscript scores, letters in published books, published speeches, articles about Holst, concert reviews, newspaper accounts, and other miscellaneous items. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements
I. Cheltenham through Student Days at the Royal College of Music 1
II. The Professional Trombonist 21
III. Girls' Schools and Folk Tunes 43
IV. Morley College 65
V. 10 The Terrace, Barnes 79
VI. More Suites and The Cloud Messenger 99
VII. New Music Wing, Dirge, and The Planets 125
VIII. Thaxted and The Hymn of Jesus 139
IX. Wartime Services with the YMCA 159
X. The Education of Composers 195
XI. In the Wake of The Planets 211
XII. Coping with Fame 227
XIII. An Invitation from America 245
XIV. The First American Visit 265
XV. Recordings, First Choral Symphony, At the Boar's Head, Music for Amateurs 289
XVI. The Damrosch Commission 325
XVII. The Premieres of Egdon Heath 341
XVIII. A Second American Invitation 355
XIX. The Second American Visit 369
XX. 1929-1931 387
XXI. The Bells 409
XXII. Harvard Beckons 419
XXIII. The Star Conductor 431
XXIV. New York 445
XXV. The Harvard Professor 463
XXVI. Montreal and Return to New York 477
XXVII. Boston and Washington DC 485
XXVIII. Recovery 501
XXIX. Return to Ann Arbor 523
XXX. Farewell to America 543
XXXI. Late 1932 549
XXXII. Carlisle 557
XXXIII. Lyric Movement and Brook Green Suite 569
XXXIV. The Song of Solomon 581
XXXV. The Final Months 597
Appendices
I. Chronological Listing of Gustav Holst's Music 611
II. Personalities 633
III. Ralph Vaughan Williams' Broadcast Talk during the BBC Gustav Holst Memorial Concert 647
IV. Facsimiles 649
V. Sketches and Cartoons 661
VI. Selected Programs 667
Bibliography of Selected Published Sources 673
Index 677
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